Luton Town Guide

MK Dons travel away to League 1 Luton Town in the Checkatrade trophy on Tuesday night. MKDSA have investigated details ahead of this upcoming visit.

Form

Luton Town were promoted to League 1 at the start of the season and have settled into the new league well. With 5 wins and 4 draws from their opening 12 league games, Luton are currently positioned just outside the playoffs in 8th position. The last 5 games has seen 3 wins and 2 draws for the Bedfordshire club. Their last match was at home to Scunthorpe United as they edged out their opponents by a single goal in a 5-goal thriller.

Whilst the Dons won twice in a week to push back up the League 2 table and currently sit in 4th position. The two wins also saw two clean sheets and 5 goals to go 4 games unbeaten.

Players to Watch

Luton Town

Checkatrade trophy is difficult to pick out a key player due to the expected many changes that clubs make for this competition. In the last Checkatrade fixture, the deciding Luton goal was scored by Jorge Grant so will focus on him. Jorge is currently on loan at the Hatters from Nottingham Forest. Most of his career has been spent out on loan with 17 appearances so far for Forest. Jorge has had two loan spells at Notts County and is no stranger to finding the net with 21 goals for the magpies. Jorge has made 10 appearances for Luton this season with the single goal in the Checkatrade Trophy match vs Brighton under 21’s.  The goal came from a long-range attempt that was deflected past the Brighton keeper.

MK Dons

Brandon Thomas-Asante will be looking to follow up on his sub appearance on Saturday with a start at Kenilworth Road. He may have only been on the pitch for 19 minutes against Cheltenham but came close to scoring a freak goal as he charged down keeper Scott Flinders clearance. The academy graduate has scored the one senior goal in his career in the fa cup 1st round victory vs Spennymoor Town in 2016.

Management Team

Manager Nathan Jones has been with the Hatters since 2016. The 45-year-old former Southend, Brighton & Yeovil defender is experiencing his first spell as a manager with his only other management role coming as the Brighton Caretaker manager in 2014. Joining Luton mid-season, Nathan led the team away from danger to finish 11th position in League 2. The following season saw the hatters finish inside the playoffs losing narrowly to Blackpool in the semi-finals 6-5 on aggregate.

Last season saw them go the one step further as Luton were promoted to League 1 as runners up to champions Accrington Stanley.

Team Selection

Luton Town

Luton are likely to line up in a 4-4-2 formation but are expected to make many changes from the sides victory at home to Scunthorpe last time out.

MK Dons

Lawson D’Ath & Osman Sow visited the Young Dons Zone ahead of the home match vs Cheltenham and confirmed both are back in full training.  Lawson would relish the chance of playing against his former side but Tuesday maybe too early to see a position in the starting line-up. Tisdale may see this as an opportunity to provide a rest to key players and a chance to see some of the fringe and youth players in action. Stuart Moore, Mitch Hancox, Oran Jackson, David Kasumu, Brandon Thomas-Asante, Sam Noombe and Aidan Nesbitt will all be pushing for consideration.

Stadium

Dons fans can find themselves positioned behind a goal in the Oak Stand. This is an all seater covered stand with various supports in place which may prevent visibility. The away end is disguised on Oak street as it would appear to enter someone’s home. As you climb up the stairs you will also bizarrely be over the top of someone’s back garden. There is one scoreboard in the stadium which is above the away end so will be out of sight for Dons supporters.

 On the left is the executive stand. This stand only holds executive boxes the length of the pitch. 

On the right is the main stand which is an old covered stand which is primarily wooden. In the far-right corner is the family stand which is positioned between the main stand and the Kenilworth road end. The Kenilworth Road end is a larger covered all seater stand which replaced the previous terrace stand.

Due to the expected low attendance, there will be no home supporters within the Kenilworth Road end for our upcoming visit.

Disabled Access

 

Luton have parking available in the Hazelbury Crescent car park 100 metres from the stadium. Applicants for these spaces should be made in advance of matchday.

There are 10 wheelchair user spaces available for away fans.

Luton Town is a full member of Level Playing Fields and you can locate details via the below link

http://www.levelplayingfield.org.uk/clubs/luton-town

Tickets

 

All tickets are to be purchased from MK Dons before 5PM on the day of the game. No tickets are available to purchase on the night.

 

PRICES

Advance of match (before 5PM on Tuesday 9th October)

  • Adults: £18

  • Seniors (over 65’s): £13

  • Young Person (under- 22s): £13

  • Under-19s: £10

  • Golden seniors (Over-75s): £10

  • Youths (under-17s): £6

  • Under-10s: £3

SUPPORTERS WITH A DISABILITY

Supporters with a disability pay one category lower than their age applicable price, and are entitled to a FREE personal assistant

Travel

Coach

MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £13 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders.

Driving

For Drivers, the postcode is LU4 8AW. From Stadium MK, join the A5 and head towards Dunstable. Continue straight on this road through Dunstable onto the A505. Turn Left just passed Lloyds Bank onto Church Street and continue straight onto Luton Road. As you cross over the M1 junction, continue on the A505 Dunstable Road and turn right onto Chatsworth Road. Turn Left onto Portland Road and left again onto Shaftesbury Road. Take the third right onto Hampton Road and right again onto Ash road. Turn left onto Maple Road and left again onto Oak Road. The away stand entrance will be on your right.

Alternatively, take the M1 to junction 11 and turn left onto the A505 Dunstable road. Turn right onto Chatsworth Road. Turn Left onto Portland Road and left again onto Shaftesbury Road. Take the third right onto Hampton Road and right again onto Ash road. Turn left onto Maple Road and left again onto Oak Road. The away stand entrance will be on your right.

Train

Luton Station is the closest to Kenilworth Road. There are clear sign posts outside of the station to the ground and will take approx. 15 minutes to walk this journey.

Parking

(details provided from Football Ground Guide)

Outside of the away end there is street parking but there is a resident only parking scheme in place. There is parking available for a price of £5 at Beech Hill Conservative Club (payable inside). Alternatively, there is a larger multi storey car park available at Luton Railway Station. 

Post-Match Review

 

The Football Supporters Federation (FSF) are surveying supporters with the aim to improve away fans experience and encourage more supporters to travel to watch their team. If you would like to add your views, please take a couple of minutes to complete the below survey

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/away-fans-survey-2018-19